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cooperation. leaders in public office, from the president of the united states on down, must communicate clearly and honestly and set aside politics on behalf of the public good. leaders in congress must work together and with uncommon speed to respond to a set of national challenges unlike any we have faced in the recent past. public health officials and researchers and doctors on the front lines must continue to do the difficult and noble work they are now engaged in. we are all in their debt, their courage, their dedication, their duty. and the membership must hunker down, follow the guidance of experts until the cloud of this disease has passed, and it will pass. but until skies clear, we must all pull in the same direction and do what is necessary to ensure the health, safety, and
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security of the american people today and in the weeks and months to come. i yield the floor > this afternoon president trump held a briefing with reporters on the coronavirus to he was joined by members of the task force and vice president pence. pres. trump: i'm glad to see that you're practicing social distancing. that looks very nice. very good. i want to thank everybody for being here today. this morning, i spoke with the leaders of the g-7 nations, and they really had a good meeting. i think it was a very productive meeting. i also spoke with our nation's governors. this afternoon we are announcing new guidelines for every american to follow over the next 15 days as we combat the virus. each and everyone of us has a critical role to play in
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stopping the spread and transmission of the virus. we did this today. this was done by a lot of very talented people some of whom are standing with me, and that's available. dr. birx will be speaking about that in just a few minutes. it's important for the young and healthy people to understand that, while they may experience milder symptoms, they can easily spread this virus and they will spread it indeed, putting countless others in harm's way. we especially worry about our senior citizens. the white house task force meets every day and updates guidelines based on the fast evolving situation that this has become all over the world. it's incredible what's happened in such a short period of time. in consultation with governors, we have made the decision to further toughen the guidelines
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and blunt the infection now. we would much rather be ahead of the curve than behind it, and that's where we are. therefore, my administration is recommending that all americans, including the young and healthy, work to engage in schooling from home when possible, avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, avoid discretionary travel, and avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants, and public food courts. if everyone makes this change or these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus. we are going to have a big celebration all together. with several weeks of focused action, we can turn the corner and turn it quickly. a lot of progress has been made. i'm pleased to report that a vaccine candidate has begun the phase one clinical trial. this is one of the fastest vaccine development launches in
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history. we are also racing to develop antiviral therapies and other treatments. we've had some promising early results, to reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms. i have to say that our government is prepared to do whatever it takes. whatever it takes, we are doing it in every way. with that, i would like to introduce dr. birx, who is going to discuss some of the things that we strongly recommend. thank you. dr. birx: thank you, mr. president. i think you know over the last month we've taken very bold action to stop the virus from coming to our shores. because of that, we gained time to really get together and understand the progress across the globe of what has worked and what hasn't worked. we now need to appeal to every single american so that they can have their role in stopping the
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spread of this virus. we've talked about things before about washing your hands, but we really want to focus on, if you are sick, no matter who you are, please stay home. if someone in your household is diagnosed with this virus, the entire household should quarantine in the house to prevent spread of the virus to others. the reason we are taking these strong and bold steps is because we know there is virus spread before you develop symptoms and then we know there's a large group -- we don't know the precise percent yet -- that actually is a symptomatic or has such mild cases that they continue to spread the virus. if your children are sick, please keep them home. now, to our older population or those with pre-existing medical conditions, everyone in the household needs to focus on protecting them. everyone in the household.
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i want to speak particularly to our largest generation now, our millennials. i'm the mother of two millennials. they are the core group that will stop this virus. they are the group that communicates successfully, independent of picking up a phone. they intuitively know how to contact each other without being in large social gatherings. we are asking all of them to hold their gatherings to under 10 people, not just in bars and restaurants, but in homes. we really want people to be separated at this time. to be able to address this virus comprehensively, that we cannot see, for which we don't have a vaccine or a therapeutic, the only thing we have right now is the amazing ingenuity and compassion of the american people.
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we're appealing to all americans to take these steps, to protect each other and to ensure that the virus doesn't spread. these guidelines are very specific. they are very detailed. they will only work if every american takes this together to heart and responds as one nation and one people to stop the spread of this virus. thank you. dr. fauci: thank you very much, dr. birx. just to connect what i mentioned in previous discussions in this room, in order to contain and curtail this epidemic to not reach its maximum capability, we
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have a two-pillar approach, one of which i believe has been very effective in preventing the substantial seating. the other, equally, if not more important, is when you have infection in your own country, which we do -- what we've seen yesterday, incremental increases both globally as well as in the united states, with the curve doing that. therefore, the kinds of things that we do are containment and mitigation. the guidelines, when you look at them carefully, i believe if the people in the united states take them seriously, because they were based on some rather serious consideration back and forth, some may look and say maybe we have gone a little bit too far. they were well thought out. the thing that i want to reemphasize and i say it over and over again, when you are dealing with an emerging infectious diseases outbreak, you are always behind where you
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think you are, if you think that today reflects where you really are. that's not wordspeak. it means if you think you are here, you are really here, because you're only getting the results. therefore, it will always seem that the best way to address it would be to do something that looks like it might be an overreaction. it isn't an overreaction. it's a reaction that we feel is commensurate, which is actually reality. take a look at the guidelines. we hope that the people of the united states will take them very seriously, because they will fail if people don't adhere to them. we have to have, as a whole country, cooperate and collaborate to make sure these get done. thank you. >> go ahead. reporter: a lot of people are concerned with how long this
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might last. do you have any kind of estimate. if americans really were to band together and do what the white house is suggesting, how quickly could you turn this over? pres. trump: my favorite question. every day and i speak to a lot of them. i get the opinions. it seems to me that if we do a really good job, we will not only hold the death down to a level that is much lower than the other way had we not done a good job. people are talking about july, august, something like that. it could be right in that period of time where i say it washes through. other people don't like that term, but it washes through. reporter: is this the new normal until the height of the summer? pres. trump: we will see what happens, but they think august, could be july, could be longer. i have asked that question many times.
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reporter: americans today and looking forward are living with so much anxiety and so much fear facing uncertainty right now. i am curious, how are you talking to your own family about this? how are you talking to your youngest son? do empathize with this incentive of anxiety? sense people are really scared. pres. trump: i think they're very scared. i think they see that we are doing a very professional job. we have been working with the governors and mayors, local government at every level. we have a fema totally involved. usually we see them for hurricanes and tornadoes. we have them involved in this. they have been doing a fantastic job working locally with people they know. as an example, in california, in the state of washington. they work with them a lot on other things, and they are very familiar, so they are working on it. what you can do and all you can do is professional, totally
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competent that we have the best people in the world. we have really, the greatest experts in the world. someday soon, hopefully, it will end and we will be back to where it was. it came up so suddenly. we were all surprised. we heard about it, we heard about reports from china that something was happening. and all of a sudden, we did make a good decision and close our borders to china. otherwise, we would be and i a very bad in position. much worse than where we would be right now. italy is having a hard time. i have spoken with my son. he says, how bad is this? it's bad, but we are going to be hopefully at best case, not a worst-case. and that is what we are working for. reporter: just to clear up some confusion. one is your own test, the other is containment efforts. is the administration considering more aggressive containment options, like a
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quarantine, a national curfew? pres. trump: we have that very much and we have been pretty aggressive. we were early with europe, but very early with china and other places. fortunately we were. as far as containment here, we are coming out with strong suggestions. it is becoming a little bit automatic. you look at people not doing certain things, for instance, i wouldn't say the restaurant business is booming in bars and all. people are self-containing to a large extent. we look forward to the day where we can get back to normal. reporter: are you considering instituting a nationwide lockdown, and nationwide quarantine? there are still questions about how that -- pres. trump: at this point, not nationwide. some places in our nation are not very effective at all. -- not very affected at all.
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we may look at certain areas, certain hotspots, as they call them. we will be looking at that. at this moment, no, we are not. reporter: you had your coronavirus test friday night. the white house doctor's office put out a statement saying no test was indicated. when exactly was your test administered? pres. trump: i had my test late friday night. the reason i did it was because i had no symptoms whatsoever. the doctor said, you have no symptoms, so we don't see any reason. when i did the press conference, everybody was going crazy, so very late on friday night, i did the test. he may have put out or the doctor may have put out something, i don't know what time the letter went out. the results came back, i believe the following day. we tested negative. reporter: the question was this is implying that you hadn't had one when in fact, you had. pres. trump: i told them and i went totally by what they said, the doctors, more than one. they said you don't have any of
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the symptoms. i did a test late on friday night and it came back probably 24 hours later or something. they sent it to the labs. >> you had a teleconference with the nation's governors today. in that teleconference, you told them that they need things like respirators or masks to try to get it on their own. what did you mean by that? pres. trump: they can get them faster by getting them on their own. go through a supply chain that they may have because the governors during normal times, the governors buy a lot of things, not necessarily through federal government. certain things without having to go through the longer process of federal government, we have stockpiles now where we are ordering tremendous numbers of ventilators, respirators, masks, and they are ordered and coming. we have quite a few at this point. i think we have a lot. if they can get them directly, it is always good to be faster
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if they can get them directly if they need them. i give them authorization to get them directly. reporter: one of the big weaknesses is search capacity -- is surge capacity for medical facilities. i wanted to ask what precautions, what is being done to get -- china was able to build hospitals in a matter of days. are you prepared to use the corps of engineers or fema to start building search capacity surge capacity that we may need in a couple of weeks? pres. trump: first of all, we hope we don't get there and that is why we are taking a very strict look at this. we also are looking at areas, and not only looking, we are expanding certain areas. we are taking over buildings that aren't used. we hope we don't have to get there, but we are doing a lot in that regard. reporter: could you clarify something? these guidelines say stay home if you are sick.
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yesterday, the vice president said no one should worry about losing a paycheck if they are sick. but the house bill exempts companies of a 500 employees or more from the paid sick leave requirement. that is 54% of the american workplace. why is it a good idea to only provide for small businesses? pres. trump: we are looking at that and we may be expanding that. we want fairness for everybody. we are looking at that through the senate because the senate is now digesting that bill. we may very well be adding something. reporter: going off of what he was asking, how many ventilators do we have right now and will it be enough? pres. trump: i could get back to you with that number. we have ordered a lot. we have quite a few, but it might not be enough. if it is not enough, we will have it by the time we need it. reporter: and you will give us the exact number? so far, they have not given us one. pres. trump: if it is important, we will give you her number. reporter: yesterday, you said this was under tremendous control.
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do you want to revisit that statement if we are going to experience this for five more months? pres. trump: when i talking about control, i am saying we are doing a very good to job within the confines of what we are dealing with. there has been a tremendous amount of the way they are working together. they are working hand-in-hand. i think they are doing a really great job. from that standpoint, that is what i was referring to. reporter: you are not saying a it is under control? pres. trump: i'm not referring to it. you're talking about the virus? no, that is not under control for anyplace in the world. i was talking about what we are doing is under control, but i'm not talking about the virus. reporter: the stock market took another hit today. is the u.s. economy heading into a recession? pres. trump: it may be, but we are not talking in terms of recession. we are talking about the virus. i think there is pent-up demand. once this goes away, once it goes through and we are done
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with it, i think you're going to see a tremendous surge. reporter: are you looking at any domestic travel restrictions? i know that has been on the table before, but is that arming up at all? pres. trump: we hope we don't have to. we think that hopefully we won't have to do it, but it is certainly something we talk about everyday. we haven't made that decision. reporter: doctors and nurses in this country are telling us across the board that they are terrified of this virus, of the fact that they can get it, the fact that they might take it home to their families. what can you say to assure health-care providers in this country that the federal government is doing something today to ensure that they get personal protective equipment to protect themselves and their families? pres. trump: i think the federal government is doing everything we can possibly do. we made very good early decisions by keeping people out, keeping countries out, certain countries where the infection was very immense. i notice a lot of people are talking about south korea because they have done a good job on one side, but on the other psych, tremendous problems
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on the other side tremendous problems at the beginning. they had tremendous problems and great numbers of death. i think we have done a fantastic job from just about every standpoint. with that being said, no matter where you look, this is something. it is an invisible enemy. we are speaking all the time, not only with the people, but also the professional people, the nurses, the doctors. they have been doing a fantastic job. we are also working very much on getting them the kind of equipment that they need. and for the most part, they either have it or they will be getting it. but, remember this, we want the governors, we want the mayors, we want them from a local standpoint because it can go quicker. we want them to work. we had a great talk with the governors today. there is a tremendous coordination, a tremendous spirit that we have together with the governors. that is pretty much, for the most part, bipartisan. reporter: you told john that you think this could washes through
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july or august. when you talked about the possibility of recession you , said it may be a recession. i'm curious, if there is one, when do you think it might hit? pres. trump: i don't determine recession. i just say this, we have an invisible enemy. we have a problem that a month ago, nobody ever thought about. i read about it, i read many years ago, 1917, 1918. i have seen all of the different problems similar to this that we have had. this is a bad one. this is bad in the sense that it is so contagious, it is to so contagious. sort of record-setting type contagion. the good part is, the young people do very well. healthy people do very well. very, very bad for older people, especially older people with problems. my focus is really on getting
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rid of this problem, this virus problem. once we do that, everything else is going to fall into place. yes? reporter: a lot of rumors last night that you were going to put in a national curfew or some kind of -- pres. trump: i have been watching. reporter: exactly, me too. your people are saying this is a disinformation campaign. is that what's going on? are people messing with us on the internet? pres. trump: i don't know. i can't tell you if they are or not. i think a lot of the media has been very fair. i think people are pulling together on this. i think the media has been very fair. it could be that you have some foreign groups that are playing games, but it doesn't matter. we haven't really determined to do that at all. hopefully, we won't have to. that's a very big step. it is a step that we can take, but we have not decided to do it. jennifer? reporter: mr. president, two things. on jeffirlines and one
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bezos. can you talk about a bit specifically about what you would like to do to help the airlines. second of all, we heard that jeff bezos has been in contact with the white house daily. can you say what he has been asking for? proposing? pres. trump: i heard that is true. fact.t know that for a but i know that some of my people, as i understand have been dealing with them or him. that is nice. we have had tremendous support from a lot of people that can help. i believe he was one of them. as far as the airlines are concerned, the airlines, we are going to back the airlines 100%. it is not their fault. it is nobody's fault unless you go to the original source, but it is nobody's fault. we are going to be in a position to help the airlines very much. we have told the airlines we are going to help them. we are going to be backstopping the airlines and helping them very much. that's very important. reporter: what do you know about the stock market? reporter: $25 billion for passenger carriers and $4 billion for cargo? pres. trump: we are going to be looking at it very strongly. back the airlines.
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it's not their fault. they were having record seasons everybody was. they were having record seasons and then this came out. it came out from nowhere. not their fault, but we are going to be backing the airlines. the stock market continuing to fall today -- pres. trump: the best thing i can do for the stock market is we have to get through this crisis. that is what i think about. once this virus is gone, i think you are going to have a stock market like nobody has ever seen before. reporter: will people be voting tomorrow? >> he will be back in a sec. i think the question john asked about until july, the guidelines are a 15-day trial guideline to be reconsidering. it is not that these guidelines are now going to be in effect until july, but the president was saying that the trajectory of the outbreak may go through until then. make sure we don't think that these are solid in stone until july. pres. trump: that would be the outside number.
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reporter: do you want senate republicans to change the package -- pres. trump: i think they may make it even better. they are working very well together with the house, very much in unison. the question before. they are working to only enhance it better and make it fair for everybody. that is what we are looking to do. we may go back and forth with the house a little bit. both will be in a very positive fashion. please? reporter: these new guidelines say avoid social gatherings of groups of more than 10 people. the cdc's recommendation yesterday were for people to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people. what is involved in you and your team's thinking in the past 24 hours? and what do you need to see in a bill?us
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pres. trump: let me have the professionals answer that. >> thank you for that question. we have been working on models day and night around the globe predict. some countries, that are very early stage like the united states, we have been working with groups in the united kingdom. we have new information coming out from a model. what had the biggest impact in the model is social distancing, small groups, not going in public in large groups. the most important thing is if one person in the household became infected, the whole household self-quarantined for 14 days. because that stops 100% of the transmission outside of the household. as we talked about, early on, it is silent. we had another silent epidemic, hiv. to recognize -- the hiv epidemic was solved by the community. the hiv advocates and activists who stood up when no one was listening and got everyone's attention.
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we are asking that same sense of community to come together and stand up against this virus. if everybody in america does what we ask for over the next 15 days, we will see a dramatic difference and we won't have to worry about the ventilators. and we won't have to worry about the icu beds because we won't have our elderly and our people at the greatest risk having to be hospitalized. reporter:go ahead. vice pres. pence: thank you, mr. president. very productive call today with governors. we talked about the new rollout of testing that we described yesterday and drive-through and committee based testing. i know how grateful the president is for the efforts that governors are making and now, with the admiral, and the united states public health service as well as fema, we made great progress today in coordinating those efforts.
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but the other issue that was raised with the president was personal protective equipment. the reason i mention testing is because one of the recommendations that we have for states is that these remote testing sites make a priority of two groups. one would be people over the age of 65 that have symptoms. we don't want them to go to hospitals or emergency rooms. we want them to go to a remote site, in a parking lot or at an isolated community location. but the other category is our health care workers. we want to make sure our health care workers have the opportunity to be tested and high throughput test that our president arranged labs,ur major commercial we'll be able to do that much more expeditiously. we are putting a real priority on our extraordinary health care workers that are at this very hour coming alongside people that are struggling with the coronavirus and people that are concerned that they may have been exposed. the other piece is, we are grateful that the legislation
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passed by the house of representatives includes liability protection for n95 masks produced by companies like 3m in minnesota, honeywell. literally tens of millions of masks are produced every year for industrial purchases. construction. but health experts say they can be used to just as readily to protect health care workers from respiratory ailments. were nother companies able to sell those to hospitals. but the president negotiated with the democratic leadership of the house and senate. we have added a provision to the bill that will literally, from one company alone, add another 30 million masks per month back to the marketplace. we are strengthening the supply chain. health care workers around america can be absolutely certain that the president and our entire team are going to continue to put the health of america first and put first our health care workers across this country that are meeting the needs of the people of our country.
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reporter: how many kits have been sent out and how many people can actually be tested? pres. trump:i think the admiral can answer that. you might want to talk about the roving also. >> thank you very much for that. as we talked about yesterday, we are really entering a new phase of testing. at first, we were at the initial phase where the cdc developed test was only available in public health laboratories and the cdc. works very well for a few thousand tests per day after it gets running. we are now moving into a phase that the big commercial laboratories with high through-put screening have availability. as we talked about last week, because of the historic efforts of the fda, a roche test and thermo fisher test were both produced last week under an emergency use authorization. 1.9 million of those tests will be sequentially into the ecosystem this week.
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from the information we have right now, one million tests are available with all the reagents, everything ready to go, primarily at the reference labs called quest, lab core and a others.f it doesn't matter if they're not your neighborhood. every day when people get tests, a little white box goes in front gets shipped by an incredible and the testcenter result is electronically reported. these are available to people nationwide. we expect more than one million board this week as reagents come up and as people with testing capacity validate that in their own hospitals and other places. in the future, we expect 2 million next week and 5 million the week thereafter. there are also a whole growth of what are called laboratory determined testing or laboratory derived testing where individual laboratories, because of the regulatory deregulation of the fda, can develop their own test
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and start using them. if you are a clea certified lab with complexity, you can do that. the point is, testing is now entering sort of what we normally do in the health care system where big labs and high throughput basis receive these through normal channels. that part of it is really underway. reporter:how many americans have actually been tested? the number? >> there is a number, i don't have that number because i have been working on setting up this distribution system. this is where we are. the state and public health laboratories and the cdc are published every day on the cdc website. the cdc gets feeds from lab corps and quest on a daily basis. what is not being received right now, and ambassador burks is fixing, is that these home labs don't necessarily get reported into the system.
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however, as we move forward into the commercial phase of where we are now, we expect about 80%-85% of the tests to flow right into the cdc. them.w that is not good enough for ambassador burks. she wants 100 and we'll work on that. pres. trump: just to put it a different way, a lot of testing has been going on. i don't believe anybody has been able to do what we are doing and what we will be doing. >> let me just say that we talked about the drive-through testing yesterday. i want to be clear to everybody that this is just another tool for states and local public health systems and health care systems to use. it is not replacing testing that it goes on out of doctors office or hospital, or if you go to your doctor and want to get tested in that office. this is just another tool that we are hoping that helping the states to have. as we talked about, this is modeled on the fema-based point points of distribution testing optimized for testing.
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we expect this week, we now have gear, people being shipped right now that will be in over 12 states with multiple sites, many states having multiple sites to start augmenting the local capacity and really providing local and state people what they need as another way for people to get tested. pres. trump: this has never been done before. that has never been done and certainly not on a level like that. i will say that i think i can speak for the professionals, if you don't have the symptoms, if your doctor doesn't think you need it, don't get the test. don't get the test. i think it is very important. not everybody should run out and get the test. we are able to handle tremendous people.of reporter: earlier today, governor cuomo of new york said that he believes that hospital capacity soon will be overwhelmed and implored you to call on the army corps of engineers to build temporary facilities to house patients. is that something --
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pres. trump: we are looking into it. we have heard it from two places. there are two places that have specifically -- new york being one. and we are looking into it very strongly. reporter: how have you changed your own behavior to take account of this virus? are you washing your hands more? pres. trump:i've always washed my hands a lot. i wash my hands a lot, probably may be if anything, more. certainly, not less. reporter: what was it like taking this on? pres. trump: not something i want to do every day. i can tell you that. it's a little bit of a -- a of a -- good doctors in the white house but it's a test, it's a test. it.ing pleasant about reporter: said in a tweet that governor cuomo should be doing
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more. pres. trump: i think he can do more. it is an area of the country that is very hot right now. i think new rochelle. that is a place i know very well. i think it is an area that has to be tamped down even more because it is a hotbed. there's no question about it. i think they can look at doing it, but we are getting along very well. we've had a very -- in fact, i noticed he made some statements just now that the relationship with the federal government has been good. the federal government has done everything they wanted us to do. i think it is very important that all of the governors get along very well with us and we get along with the governors, and i think that is happening. [indiscernible] reporter: the defense secretary has said that they decided to separate and be in a bubble to avoid spread of the disease and protect the chain of command. is that something you and the vice president should be doing? has there been any talk about to add a 25th amendment? pres. trump: i will say this. we are very careful.
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we are very careful with being together, even the people behind me have been very strongly tested. i have been very strongly tested. we have to be very careful, but everybody should be. we have to be vigilant. reporter: two simple questions for you. two simple questions for you. pres. trump: before you? reporter: i don't know if this is a question for you or dr. burks. dr. burks said that it is the millennials who are going to lead us through this and that now is the time to look out for the older people in our home. older might be a state of mind, not necessarily in age. so for those millennials of us who have parents who are in their 50's, 60's, 70's. what is older? what should we tell them at this point? >> if i was dr. fauci, i would tell you there is a physiologic age and a numerical age. so older people with pre-existing conditions, and what we mean by that?
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significant heart disease, significant kidney disease, significant lung disease, any immunosuppression, any recent treatment for cancer, any of those pieces and any household -- why do i think millennials are the key? because they are the ones out and about. they are the most likely to be in social gatherings and the most likely to be the least symptomatic. i think we have always heard about the greatest generation. we are protecting the greatest generation right now and the children of the greatest generation. i think the millennials can help by having -- -- plus, they need to communicate with each other. public health people like myself don't always come out with compelling and exciting messages that a 25- to 35-year-old may find interesting and something they will take to heart. but millennials can speak to one another about how important it is in this moment to protect all
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of the people. now, you could be 40 and have a significant medical condition and be at substantial risk. you could be 30 and having come through hodgkin's disease or non-hodgkin's lymphoma and be at significant risk. there are risks in every age group, but there are more money -- millenials now than any other cohort. they can help us at this moment. reporter:thank you very much, mr. president. the other day you said you were not responsible for the testing shortfall. very simple question. does the buck stop with you and on a scale of one to 10, how would you rate your response to this? pres. trump: i would rate it a 10. i think we have done a great job. it started with the fact that we kept a very highly infected country, despite all of even the professionals saying it is too early to do that, we were very early with respect to china.
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we would have a whole different situation in this country if we didn't do that. i would rate it at very, very -- theuld rate ourselves and professionals, i think the professionals have done a fantastic job. as far as the testing, the testing we have done, we really took over an obsolete system. maybe in a different way, a system that wasn't meant to do anything like this. we took it over and we're doing something that's never been done in this country. i think we are doing very well. we took the system, worked with the system we had and broke down the system purposely. we broke it down in order to do what we are doing now. and within a short period of and even now we're testing tremendous numbers of people. being ity we're saying will be up -- how many people test?e be able to >> we certainly expect with the testing thatut that's no longer a barrier. the barrier is actually doing person. on a
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i'm sure as the president would inform you, in order to do the a healthcare provider needs to dress in full personal there'sve equipment and a swab that's put in the back of the nose all the way to the back the throat called a nasofringial swab, which is then put in media. to next person tested needs change all the protective equipment. when you put that in, it's likely a person coughs or sniffs.or those are the things we're doing enable the swabbing. there are things we're doing that might be technological breakthroughs to make it faster. we certainly expect that from thousands of people per day, we at the tens of thousands of people per day this week. reporter: does the buck stop mr. president?
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pres. trump: normally. haswhen you look at -- this never been done in this country. if you look at things that happened in 2009, 2011, nobody did anything like what we are doing. i will also say we are getting this ready for the future. so that when we have a future when, andf and hopefully we don't have anything like this, but if there is, we're going to be very -- we're going to be starting off from a plateau.er we were at a very, very low base. we had a system that was not meant for this. it was a smaller system meant for a much different purpose. and for that purpose it was fine, but not this purpose. so we broke down the system. now we have something that is going to be and is very special and is ready for future problems. i think we can say that very strongly. yes. reporter:how close are you to shutting down america's northern canada?ith
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could you speak to the fact the elections that are supposed to take place tomorrow? statesour advice the postpone those elections? pres. trump: i leave that up to the states. it is a big thing, postponing an election. that really goes to the heart of what we are all about, postponing an election is a very tough thing. i know they are doing -- because they have been in touch with us -- they are spreading people out at great distances, as you can see, and i think they will do it very safely. i hope they do it very safely. but i think postponing sleaxs a very -- it's not a very thing. they have lots of room in a lot places.lectoral i think they'll do it very well but i think postponing is unnecessary. >> what about the border? pres. trump: we will think about it. we will think about it. we will talk about it. we have strong emergency powers to something like this on the southern and borders.
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we are talking about different things but right now we've not decided to do that. reporter: can we get dr. fauci about the vaccine trial? whether the time table for extended?e has dr. fauci: the candidate given the first injection took place today. said itfirst started, i would be two to three months and if we did that that would be the done from've ever obtaining the sequence to being trial. do a phase one this is now 65 days. which i believe is the record. trial of 45s a normal individuals between the ages of 18 and 55. the trial is taking place in seattle. there will be two injections. one at zero day, the first one. then 28 days. there will be three separate milligrams, 100 milligrams, 200 milligrams. the individuals will be followed for one year.
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both for safety. and whether it produces the kind of response we won't would be protective. that's exactly what i have been telling this group over and over again. the first injection was today. [indiscernible] >> response to the market? reporter: is there guidance who someone who may have felt sick better.s if you have symptoms and the fever has gone away, how long would you stay home after that point? dr. fauci: if you are positive for the infection, if you had coronavirus, it is less how you you'rean whether or not still shredding virus. a general issue of letting people out of a facility who need two infected, you negative culturings, the same way that was just described, 24 apart. pres. trump: the market will
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take care of itself. the market will be very strong as soon as we get rid of the virus. clarify:would you about pregnant women? the u.k. said today that pregnancy was one of those underlying conditions. do we say that, too? >> there's very little data with pregnant women. i think about a week ago i said that reports that came in from chinese c.d.c., of the nine women who were andmented to be pregnant lastcoronavirus in their trimester delivered healthy children and they themselves recovered.y and sample size.otal we will be getting more data from countries. lots of countries are in the midst of this crisis. i try not to bother them frequently to get their data. we try to get it weekly from the are in the midst
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epidemic sog to the theirheir focus is on individuals. >> any comment on what people like the governor of oklahoma have been saying, encouraging people to go out to restaurants? pres. trump: no, i have not heard that. reporter:should they stop that? pres. trump: i will have to see what they said. >> going to restaurants? pres. trump: i would disagree with that. right now we don't have an order one way or the other. we don't have in order. but i think it should be up to people's discretion. oklahoma does not have a tremendous problem. said the governor -- the governor of oklahoma -- nunes, another pres. trump: i had not heard that. i would leave it to what the professionals are saying. reporter:what your saying in guidelines. pres. trump: i'll take a look at it. >> [indiscernible] adm. giroir: i do not know who would be best to answer this question, secretary or
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dr. fauci. school districts across the country are closing down, yet most part daycare centers remain open. considering that children can be asymptomatic carriers and go home to older individuals, there are any recommendations about daycare centers? >> i would prefer one of our medical professionals to answer that. question.a good in the original guidelines as they were presented, it was schools, not daycare. i think they would go back and discuss that in some detail, whether that is equivalent to school. good question. >> there's a question about the public health guidelines, to avoideople restaurants and bars is different than saying bars and down forts should shut the next 15 days. why is it not necessary to take that additional step, those guidelines?
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>> the data is coming out. on sure you're up to date how long the virus lives on hard surfaces. that has been our concern over the last two weeks. dr. fauci: there is an answer to this. dr. brix: ok. go ahead. he was my mentor, so i am going to have to let him speak. the small print here. really small print. in states with evidence of community transmission -- bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, other indoor-outdoor venues where groups of people congregate, they should be closed. reporter: are you telling governors in the states to close those restaurants? pres. trump:we haven't that said yet. we're recommending things. we haven't gone to that step yet. it could happen. reporter: if you have a 10 guidelines, in a
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practical sense, can you have rallies? pres. trump: hopefully this will pass through. hopefully everybody will be going to restaurants and flying and being on cruise ships and all of these different things it will very, hopefully be over in a quick period of time. but we are taking a tough stance. we may make other decisions. we may enhance those decisions. we're going to find out as per asking.tion you were some of those decisions may be answered. how about one more? >> on the cyber attack on hhs, is there any reason to believe they were trying to hack into the system and gather information from the system? to hack to getg information and do you have reason to think it could have iran, russia? >> in the previous 24 hours we saw a great deal of enhanced thevity in relation to
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h.h.s. computer systems and website. fortunately we have extremely strong barriers. we have no degradation of the function of the networks. we have no degradation of the network or nor limitation of the capacity for people to telework. taken very strong defensive actions. the source of the enhanced remains under investigation. i wouldn't want to speculate. there was no data breach. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: one thing might just said, much of what we're talking about is for the next 15 days. mike, go ahead. >> mr. vice president, have you been tested? vice pres. pence: i have not been tested yet. i am in regular consultation physician.ite house he said i have not been exposed to anyone with coronavirus and have nowife and i
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symptoms. we're checking our temperature regularly every day and we'll guidance.o follow which i think this may be a good place at the end of the day which is, as we expand testing rapidly throughout the country through the new public-private we want testing to be expanded to people with vulnerabled populations and our healthcare workers to give them the peace they'reto make sure doing their jobs and they're properly protected. the best counsel of the experts is if you have a question, call your doctor, call your health care provider. ask whether they should be tested. that's what my family's doing, as well. let me emphasize one more point, if i can. the president asked the task force to continuously review the information we have not only in this country, but from around
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the world to get the best guidance to state leadership and all the american people about how to keep themselves, their family, and their community safe. guidance for the next 15 days is what our experts say is we have toportunity lower the affection rate over course of the coronavirus. just as the president did by traveling china from advisories with italy and south u.k. and now with the ireland. we will continue to take very decisive steps to lower the spread of the coronavirus. we would ask all of you in the media to spread the word of the american people that this is advice on behalf of the president of the united states to every american, what you can days tothe next 15
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prevent the spread of the coronavirus and we're calling on your partican to do because together we'll get our waythis and find forward. >> [indiscernible] reporter:are you still going to be able to meet at camp david? of them are inme a rough position, if you look at a couple of them. some are heading toward pretty rough territory. we had a very good conference, it was a teleconference. everybody was on the phone, every leader. and almost 100% was devoted to the subject we are talking about today. they are working very hard. they are very concerned, but they're working very hard. i would say just about all of it
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was devoted to what we're about. we have not discussed that. it is still a ways off. it was a very good discussion. there's a great camaraderie. there's a great togetherness. i think i can say that very, very strongly. thank you all very much. thank you, thank you very much. announcer: the house continues to be in recess as the chamber awaits further action on the coronavirus bill. the chamber passed a measure early saturday morning but changes to the current version are still being worked andby house speaker pelosi .reasury secretary mnuchin
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